Musician, producer, designer and recent deserter of a big red The Voice chair, Pharrell Williams, 43, is inarguably one of the most talented multi-hyphenates working. But when he chats with Architectural Digest, he reveals even a few more interests and talents: art and furniture collector, architecture buff and interiors junkie.
“I just picked up some [Jean] Prouvè auditorium seats. I’m also looking at this Marc Newson bed and this TATI couch that my friends Domeau & Pérès make,” he tells AD of his recent high-end favorites, which will no doubt end up in one of his three stylish homes.
“Each has a different vibe and purpose,” he says of the properties. “The penthouse in Miami wasn’t a convenient set-up to raise a family. It fit the needs of a younger me.” Pharrell has a son, Rocket, with his wife, Helen Lasichanh, and the couple are expecting their second child.
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“The house in L.A. gives us more space, but I miss the ocean,” he says. His third residence is located in his home town of Virginia Beach. “Nothing beats looking out the window and seeing turquoise ocean water. My house in Virginia Beach is right on the water.”
Pharrell has also just completed another ambitious design project: creating a flagship store for his brand Billionaire Boys Club in downtown Manhattan. He teamed up with New York architecture firm, Snarkitecture, to conceptualize the space. “The store is very simple. We wanted to give the product room to shine, so Snarkitecture basically whitewashed everything. We carry some colorful stuff so [the products] really pop in the space once they get placed on the fixtures.”
He applies this thoughtfulness to everything he has a hand in, including his impressive art collection: “I don’t buy anything that’s not meaningful. You have to surround yourself with things that have a purpose and a clear function. Maybe our large Murakami Flower Ball—it usually makes people smile when they see it.
See the full interview on archdigest.com.